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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

By Burton, Virginia Lee




A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.


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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

Burton, Virginia Lee

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939. First edition of this children's classic with the date of 1939 on the title page. Oblong quarto, original tan cloth. Signed "greetings from Virginia Lee Burton" on the half title page. An excellent near fine copy in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Most desirable signed by the author. "Taking her cue from her small sons, Aristides and Michael, Burton chose subjects that would intrigue children... Mary Ann, the steam shovel (Burton’s books) have heroes and heroines children can understand and enjoy, ingenious and satisfactory endings and lively illustrations. The books survive because they exhibit so effectively the elements most basic to children’s literature" (Silvey, 109-10).

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$22,500.00

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Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel.

BURTON, Virginia Lee.

Boston: The Riverside Press, Cambridge, for Houghton Mifflin Company, , 1939. Oblong quarto. Original oatmeal cloth, front cover with design and titles blocked in black and red, pictorial endpapers. With the colour printed dust jacket. Colour illustrations in text throughout. An exceptionally bright and pristine copy in the price-clipped jacket with just a little creasing to rear flap edge and head of spine. First edition, first printing.

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$9,677.25

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MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL

BURTON, VIRGINIA LEE

BURTON, VIRGINIA LEE. BURTON,VIRGINIA LEE. MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL. Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1939 (1939). Oblong 4to (9 1/2 x 8 1/2"), pictorial cloth, a few tiny margin mends and hinge wear else near fine in an amazingly bright price clipped dust wrapper with only a few tiny closed edge tears and 1/4" chip off top of spine. First edition, first printing of this classic, illustrated with rich colors by the author to accompany the wonderful story of an Irish steam shovel operator and his beloved steam shovel Mary Anne. Burton, along with Sendak and McCloskey is among the handful of author/illustrators of picture books whose talents were equally accomplished in both aspects of creating a successful children's book. Bader (p.199-201) says that "Burton knew exactly what she wanted in a picture book, hers or another's, and she wanted a good deal - information and significant detail as well as the accostomed clarity, humor and imagination. The wonder is that she achieved what she wanted without losing the spontaneity..." The result is that her books were read to tatters so not many collectible 1st editions of this title exist. This is a nice copy.

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$8,000.00

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MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL

BURTON, VIRGINIA LEE

BURTON, VIRGINIA LEE. BURTON,VIRGINIA LEE. MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL. Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1939 (1939). Oblong (9 1/2 x 8 1/2"), pictorial cloth, FINE condition in a dust wrapper that is NOT price clipped (dw has shelf soil, narrow 1/2" wide chip off upper right corner, spine ends slightly frayed else VG+). First edition, first printing of this classic, illustrated with rich colors by the author to accompany the wonderful story of an Irish steam shovel operator and his beloved steam shovel Mary Anne. Burton, along with Sendak and McCloskey is among the handful of author/illustrators of picture books whose talents were equally accomplished in both aspects of creating a successful children's book. Bader (p.199-201) says that "Burton knew exactly what she wanted in a picture book, hers or another's, and she wanted a good deal - information and significant detail as well as the accostomed clarity, humor and imagination. The wonder is that she achieved what she wanted without losing the spontaneity..." The result is that her books were read to tatters so very few collectible first editions of this title exist. This is a nice copy in the rare non-price clipped dust wrapper.

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$8,000.00

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia Lee

Houghton Mifflin, 1939 First edition of this children's classic with the date of 1939 on the title page and the copyright page. Oblong quarto, original tan cloth. A near fine copy in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom slipcase box. Beloved by children upon publication, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel features Mike Mulligan, a steam shovel operator, and his steam shovel "Mary Anne" (whose name was based on Marion Steam Shovels).. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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$5,000.00

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia Lee

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition, First Printing, with 1939 listed on the title page. Though price-clipped, the dust jacket is identifiable as a first issue jacket, bearing an ad for Choo-Choo on the rear flap, and a yellow spine that just has the book title followed by an abbreviation for the publisher, "H.M. CO", with no mention of the author's name. In Very Good condition. Clean text. Pages show light signs of handle, and are lightly age toned, with light rubbing to a few. Front paste down has a small blue smudge. The binding is holding but lightly pulled with light splitting starting at the front. The boards show light wear, with light rubbing to the stamping. The dust jacket shows edge wear, with rubbing and short tears starting at the folds. The spine of the dust jacket has been reinforced from the verso. A Caldecott Medal winner, wonderfully rare in the original dust jacket.

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$5,000.00

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

Burton, Virginia Lee

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1939. First edition of this children's classic with the date of 1939 on the title page. Oblong quarto, original tan cloth. A very good copy in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some light restoration to the spine extremities. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Beloved by children upon publication, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel features Mike Mulligan, a steam shovel operator, and his steam shovel "Mary Anne" (whose name was based on Marion Steam Shovels).

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$5,000.00

MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL

Burton, Virginia Lee

NEW YORK: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Good Plus in Very Good Minus Dustjacket. Virginia Lee Burton. First Edition, in probable second issue dj with all requisite points (1939 on title page, advertisement for Choo Choo on rear dustjacket flap, title only to yellow dustjacket spine with publisher's name abbreviated, except price on front flap, which is $2. Five or six small closed tears at bottom of pages, plus some kidsmudging. bottom quarter of several pages appears smudged, erased maybe. A really well-loved copy. Dust jacket Very good minus, with a chip, a closed tear, and two small rubbed through places on spine. Solid copy of beloved children's classic, alas-yet-appropriately, owned and finger-loved, by children! Story features Mike Mulligan and his beloved steam shovel Mary Anne, who together, with pride and craft, excavated dirt for highways, railroads, skyscrapers, and canals. Faced with impinging pressure from newfangled gasoline- and diesel-powered motor shovels, Mike and Mary Anne felt edged out. Finally the two of them landed a job excavating for the new town hall in Popperville and here the story turns. Must read the book, for this and other reasons, not least among them being that it was this bookseller's FBE - FAVORITE BOOK EVER!

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$2,500.00

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (Stories in Music)

Burton, Virginia Lee

Simon & Schuster. Audio CD. Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j

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$270.22

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia Lee

Cambridge: Riverside Press. Very Good in Good+ dust jacket. 1939. Early Edition. Hardcover. Early printing, with no date on the title page, and the acknowledgment (misspelled) on page 37. Covers are near-fine. Inner hinges starting to separate, and light internal wear. DJ has tape repairs to the back, and chip to the bottom of the spine. It is not clipped, and the price is $1.75 (1st edition was $1.50). Rear flap has only the choo choo ad. ; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall .

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$195.00

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MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL

Virginia Lee Burton

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. Early Printing. Hard Cover. Near Fine binding/Fair dust jacket. A pristine copy of this early printing, in a publisher's dustjacket that has significant wear with some loss. The dustjacket is price-clipped and is protected with a new mylar cover. Near Fine binding / Fair dust jacket.

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$150.00

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

Burton, Virginia Lee.

Houghton Mifflin Co. , Boston.. Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1939. Hardcover. Book is hardcover without a dust jacket. The story of Mike and his Steam Shovel. Published by Houghton Mifflin Co. Owners name on first free end page. 1939 and is in fine condition. ; Standard Book Size .

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$149.00

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (With CD)

Burton, Virginia Lee

HMH Books for Young Readers. Paperback. Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j

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$112.93

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: Story and Pictures (Sandpiper Books)

Burton, Virginia Lee

Paw Prints 2009-07-10. Library Binding. Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j

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$107.90

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia Lee

HMH Books for Young Readers. Paperback. Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j

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$105.39

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: Board Book Edition

Burton, Virginia Lee

HMH Books for Young Readers. Board book. Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j

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$105.39

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia Lee

HMH Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j

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$105.39

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MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL

Burton, Lee Virginia

Scholastic. Paperback. Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j

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$105.39

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Virginia Lee Burton

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. Tan cloth, black & red cover title/illustration, illustrated yellow endpaper/pastedown, illustrated title page, & several illustrations in the text; A good copy; Unpaginated.. Illus. by Virginial Lee Burton. 9.25"x8.5".

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$100.00

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia Lee

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company , 1939 First Edition, Later Printing. Oatmeal cover boards with red and black illustration, are clean with little noticeable wear. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has significant wear with multiple small tears, $3.00 price on flap, in mylar sleeve. Un-paginated. First Edition points are a dated title page + $1.50 flap price. This is an early printing of a children's classic.

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$100.00